The King Speaks

The King Speaks

DVD - 2011
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This revealing documentary follows King George VI's lengthy efforts to overcome his disability with the help of unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. Archival footage of the king's public speeches and, for the first time, interviews with Logue's former patients show how an afflicted but courageous king found his voice and rallied a nation throughout England's darkest hour.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : BFS, [2011]
Copyright Date: ♭2011
Branch Call Number: DVD 941.08409 G2931K 2011
DVD 941.08409 G2931K 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 50 min.) : sound, color with black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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ba_library
Oct 03, 2017

This is a documentary about King George VI (current Queen Elizabeth II’s father) and his speech impediment (the film The King’s Speech - 2010 with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush is the dramatized version.) This was interesting because it has actual archival footage of the new King giving speeches before and after therapy. They interview other people who also had speech therapy from the King’s therapist. This takes place in the 1930s and speech therapy didn’t really exist at that time. Australian Lionel Logue had a drama background and taught elocution strategies to the King for many years. King George VI (called Bertie as a child) was the second son of King George V and was unexpectedly thrust into the monarchy when his older brother Edward VIII abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. Not only was he not prepared for Kingship like the older brother, public speaking was very intimidating for him because of his stammer. With the advent and popularity of radio at the time he was forced to speak in his royal role. He worked hard with Logue’s help and could speak publicly without much hesitation. People of the era thought a speech impediment reflected mental deficiency. A lot of pressure on a young man in a very public setting. Only 45 minutes and mainly archival footage makes for a quick and interesting viewing.

KateHillier Oct 09, 2014

It's a fantastic documentary - especially for a fellow stammerer. Watching the archive footage of George VI speaking before starting his speech therapy just was all too familiar to me as well as heartbreaking; much the same as the film "The King's Speech"'s effect on me. You can also see that recognition and pain and shared triumph in the eyes of the former patients of Lionel Logue that are interviewed as they watch the same footage. There is so much appreciation for Logue and Logue's techniques that you can see how special he really was and how the King grew to be quite fond of him.

It's familiar territory if you've seen the Colin Firth film, or if you've read Mark Logue's biography of his grandfather, but it's a great addition to the film.

aaa5756 Dec 19, 2011

B+ DVD

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Keogh
Aug 03, 2011

Fine documentary on King George's speech therapy, with commentary from people who Logue worked with to help them overcome their speaking problems; a good companion to the theatrical feature.

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